Miss Trunchbull Is Waiting for You to Enter #MatildaSweeps

first_img Matilda View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Listen up, maggots! Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull and her mini-me want you to enter #MatildaSweeps, and this is not a woman (or a mini-me) you want to let down. You don’t want to us to say the word “chokey,” do you? Didn’t think so. Pleased don’t think of this as a threat, by the way. Think of it as encouragement from Trunchbull. Very convincing encouragement. After all, you only have until December 20 to enter. CLICK HERE for your chance to win a trip to see the miraculous musical on the Great White Way!last_img

13 Georgia Gold Medals

first_imgFor a dozen years now, the Georgia Plant Selections Committee,Inc., has been recommending each year a new, short list ofbeautiful, proven landscape plants.The committee is made up of nurserymen, flower growers,landscapers, landscape designers, garden center managers andUniversity of Georgia horticulturists.It was organized in 1994 to break up a vicious cycle in whichdeserving plants remained relatively unknown because no nurseriespropagated them, because no customers asked for them, becausethey were relatively unknown. …Each year the committee selects an annual, perennial, shrub andtree and sometimes a flowering vine from a long list of nomineesand awards them Georgia Gold Medals. They announce the winnersfirst to growers so they can have them available when the publicpromotions begin.The committee decides the winners based on seasonal interest,outstanding or unusual qualities, ease of propagation, hardiness,adaptability, durability, pest tolerance and lack of invasiveness.The winnersThe 2005 Georgia Gold Medal Winners are:Dragon Wing isn’t a typicalbegonia when it comes to heattolerance. It’s more like a begonia on steroids. This sensationalsummer annual produces nonstop red or pink flowers from springuntil fall frost. It adapts well to hanging baskets, largecontainers and landscape beds.Georgia Blue veronica is aherbaceous perennial that grows like aground cover, 4 to 6 inches and 2 feet wide. It’s not a nativebut hails from the Republic of Georgia (formerly part of theSoviet Union). But it’s hardy in zones 5 to 8 and bearsbeautiful, sky-blue flowers from February to April.Rose Creek and Canyon Creek abelias are seedlingselections ofChinese abelia. The former was selected for its low, moundingform (2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide), crimson stems,fragrant white flowers and May-to-frost blooming. Canyon Creek isbigger (4 to 6 feet tall and wide), a terrific hedging plant. Itsleaves emerge coppery pink and mellows to a soft yellow, thengreen and finally rosy bronze in winter.Glowing Embers isn’t just anotherJapanese maple. It’s a stunningtree with vigorous growth rate and brilliant fall color. And itadapts to a range of landscape conditions, thriving in full sunand tolerating drought better than most trees in its class. It’snamed for the kaleidoscope of color its fall leaves provide asthey fade from green to purple, flourescent orange or yellow.Creeping raspberry is a hardy,extraordinary ground cover. Itthrives in difficult sites like hot, dry, erodible slopes orditches where soil moisture goes from soggy to arid. Afast-growing evergreen from Taiwan, it grows 3 to 6 inches highand spreads 3 to 6 feet in all directions.To learn more about on the Georgia Gold Medal Winners program,visit the Web at www.georgiagoldmedal.com. The site shows theplants the GPSC has chosen since 1994.(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXNumber 1Page 13 By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone looking for new landscape plants should definitely checkout the Georgia Gold Medal winners.last_img read more

Nokian Tyres revenues, profits down in 2009

first_imgNet sales of Nokian Tyres Group amounted to EUR 798.5 million (2008: EUR 1,080.9 million), down by 26.1% compared to 2008. Operating result was EUR 102.0 million (EUR 247.0 million). Earnings per share were EUR 0.47 (EUR 1.12), and result for the period was EUR 58.3 million (EUR 139.9 million). The North American operation, headquartered in Colchester, Vermont, was one of the brightest spots for the Finnish company. Net sales in North America were EUR 84.5 (EUR 80.7). Sales in North America have been helped by a recent law in Quebec requiring snow tires in winter. Nokian suffered in Scandinavia, but mostly in the Russian group, where sales were off more than EUR 200. Nokian is best known for its Hakkapeliitta brand. Cash flow from operations improved to EUR 123.1million (EUR 9.5 million). The Board of Directors proposes a dividendof EUR 0.40 (EUR 0.40) per share. In 2010, the company is positionedto improve net sales and operating result compared to 2009.Kim Gran, President and CEO:“Eventually, after taking decisive action in a tough market we achievedquite satisfactory results in 2009. The launch of our new winter tyre,Hakkapeliitta 7, has been a great success and has helped us to maintainhealthy prices and strengthen our market leader position on our coremarkets. Prices were increased on all core markets to compensate fordevaluations but did not fully cover the changes in sales and marketmix. The Vianor chain was expanded by 116 shops and now consistsof over 600 outlets.The streamlining measures aiming at a lighter cost structure andfull utilization of a lower cost production in the Russian plant wereimplemented as planned. Our actions will have a strong impact on ourresults for years to come. Manufacturing operations booked improvedresults and margins in the fourth quarter year-over-year signaling thatactions taken in 2009 are starting to have a positive effect.Our target was to provide strong cash flow and eliminate receivablerisk. Cash flow from operations improved by EUR 113.6 million year-over-year due to cost cuts, lower investments, inventories and reducedtrade receivables. Investments were cut by EUR 94.7 million andinventories by EUR 90.9 million year-over-year. At the end of 2009,current receivables were EUR 72.7 million lower than a year before.Wages and salaries were cut by EUR 44.6 million and fixed costsexcluding salaries by EUR 24.2 million compared to 2008.We have already set our minds to return to the growth track,expecting that in 2010 we will have a good possibility to increaseour sales, instead of merely focusing on cost savings. Sales will besupported by a slowly recovering economy on our core markets andour distributors’ quite moderate carry-over stocks after this winter.Russian and Nordic markets have stabilized and are showing earlysigns of growth. In spite of some encouraging signals, we will stillbase our actions on a gradual rather than a rapid recovery.A strong growing distribution, good seasonal logistics, an improvedcost structure with production inside duty borders of Russia and CISand new products will give us a good chance to strengthen ourmarket leadership in the core markets and to return to profitablegrowth in 2010.”Market situationThe sharp downturn in the global economy that started in late 2008continued during 2009, although the second half of the year showedsome positive signs. The aftermarket sales volume for passenger cartyres in 2009 declined in the Nordic countries by an estimated 10%year-over-year. Tyre deliveries shrank drastically in Russia and the CIScountries, trailing the declining economy and reduced car sales.As car manufacture volumes decreased significantly, there was anexcess supply of summer tyres which resulted in price erosion of somevolume sizes. USA introduced a duty program in September 2009 forthe next three years (35%, 30%, 25%) for car tyres manufactured inChina. This is expected to put further pressure on economy segmentsummer tyre prices on all non-US markets.Source: Nokian Tyres plc annual report. www.nokiantyres.com(link is external)last_img read more

FREDERICKSBURG REGION: VIRGINIA’S ADVENTURE MECCA

first_imgConveniently located between Richmond and Washington, D.C., the Fredericksburg region, consisting of Stafford County, Spotsylvania County and the city of Fredericksburg, offers outdoor enthusiasts a nearly-endless supply of activities year-round. Here are just a few of our favorites: ON THE WATERRappahannock RiverThe Rappahannock River in eastern Virginia is the country’s longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States. Enjoy the river on your own or discover a number of river outfitters in the area that offer kayaking, fishing and tubing trips.Lake AnnaAmong Virginia’s most popular lakes, Lake Anna offers 13,000 scenic acres of sailing, water-skiing and sport fishing. Boaters can launch boats at the lake’s marinas or take a rental for a spin. At Lake Anna State Park, guests can rent cabins, yurts and lodges for up to 16 people. The park boasts miles of pristine hiking and horseback riding trails. Widewater State ParkWidewater State Park, which just opened in the fall of 2018, offers two miles of shoreline along the Potomac River. The park features beaches, hiking trails, picnic shelters, a public boat launch and a visitor center. TAKE A HIKE Government IslandNow a natural park preserve and archaeological site, Government Island contains a trail and interpretive signs to help depict its rich, nationally significant history (the stone from the Quarry was used to build the White House and the U.S. Capitol). With a 1.5 mile trail, Government Island is an ideal location to observe aquatic and native plants, as well as birds and other wildlife.Crow’s Nest Natural Area PreserveThe topography of Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve is varied, with the high narrow ridgeline rising 160 feet above two tidally influenced creeks: Potomac and Accokeek. Crow’s Nest also includes a shoreline birding/nature trail to viewpoints of Accokeek Creek, and an ADA-accessible canoe/kayak launch facility for the Crow’s Nest Water Trail.BattlefieldsGeographically located halfway between the Union and Confederate capital cities, the Fredericksburg region is surrounded by Civil War battlefields and historic sites. The battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse all raged within a 20-mile radius. These battlefields are all protected by the National Park Service and offer a number of activities.GRAPES & GRAINSPotomac Point WineryPotomac Point Winery is a beautiful, Mediterranean-style winery. The estate includes a delicious bistro, tasting room, internal courtyard, pavilion and event room. Just one mile from the Potomac River, the location was selected because of its rich history, fertile soil and river influences.Smith Bowman DistilleryA staple of Spotsylvania, A. Smith Bowman Distillery balances time-honored traditions with innovation and creativity to produce hand-crafted spirits. The distillery offers a large venue to gather, as well as tours and tastings throughout the day.Spencer Devon BreweryA full-service brewery and restaurant in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, Spencer Devon focuses on providing exceptionally crafted beer and a quality dining experience using locally derived ingredients.Start planning your Fredericksburg area adventure at visitfred.com. last_img read more

Central America’s Next Energy Sources

first_imgBy Dialogo October 01, 2010 I like it so much. It’s admirable that you can use the volcanoes as a source of energy, I am convinced that the creator left everything in due course. Congratulations to the governments of Central America. Central America’s volcanoes may serve to alleviate the region’s energy needs. Extracting geothermal energy from the volcanoes is a viable option for many Central American countries, given that the region contains as many as 80 volcanoes, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Guatemala, the largest Central American country, seeks to produce 60 percent of its energy from geothermal or hydroelectric power plants by 2022. Geothermal power plants can be costly, but the Guatemalan government is providing tax incentives for the equipment needed to install them. Currently, the Guatemalan volcano Pacaya feeds one of the two geothermal plants in service in the country. Other Central American countries are also taking steps toward this alternative energy source. El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua all produce limited energy with geothermal technology. Plans to increase energy levels through geothermal plants are in progress.last_img read more

Caribbean Countries a Force to be Reckoned with in Track and Field

first_img Over the past decade Caribbean countries have shown great potential in Track and Field, especially in sprinting. The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jamaica won 11 medals, six gold, and all were in Track and Field. In 2004 in Athens, Felix Sanchez, of the Dominican Republic, won gold in the 400m hurdles. In the Military World Games, the first results occurred on Thursday (21). The Dominican Republic won two medals, one silver and one bronze. In the 400m dash, Arismendi Peguero, 31, ran the race in 45.95 seconds, coming in third place. The Dominican soldiers celebrated that result and others and dedicated it to their country’s military. “For me it was very important since the military did all they could to send me here, since our resources are limited. I had to give my best to fulfill my duty,” Peguero said. The other medal came in the women’s 4×400m relay. Captains Raisa Sanchez, Margarita Manzueta, Marlenis Veras and Yolanda Valerio finished the race in 3 minutes 38.75 seconds and were just beaten out by the Brazilian team of Vanda Gomes, Christiane Santos, Geisa Coutinho and Jailma Lima. “It’s a medal that should be celebrated too. We achieved what we trained for. We’re really happy,” said Raisa Sanchez shortly after the race. Marlenis Veras states that these are their first Military World Games. “The result is very good,” said Veras, who earlier ran in the semifinals of the 400m individual event. Jamaica Icons of the short sprints in the last Olympics, Jamaica has not won any medals in the 5th Military World Games, but on Thursday (21), they ran in two finals – one with Michael Barton, in the 400m, and Marlo Robinson in the 100m dash. “The pressure on me is the great tradition that Jamaica has in the sport. No medals won, but I liked the result. I’m in the military, so my priority is the Army. I haven’t had much time to train,” said Barton. Brazil On Thursday, the hosts won two more golds in Track and Field. Sergeant Jefferson Sabino won the triple jump, and was also the anchor on the gold medal 4×400m relay team. The Brazilian also won silver with Sergeants Keila Costa in the Triple Jump and Ana Silva in the 100m sprint, and bronze in the 100m with Sergeant Nilson Andre. By Dialogo July 22, 2011last_img read more

Aker BP hits oil and gas at Froskelar Main well offshore Norway

first_imgNorwegian oil company Aker BP has hit oil and gas at it its Froskelar Main exploration well in the North Sea offshore Norway.Scarabeo 8, Image source: SaipemThe company on Monday said that preliminary analysis indicates a gross discovery size of 45-153 million barrels oil equivalents.The Froskelår Main well, formally named exploration well 24/9-14, is located in the Alvheim area and follows the Frosk discovery from last year.The major part of the discovery is in license 869 on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, while a part may straddle the UK-Norwegian border in the North Sea. The well is being drilled using the Scarabeo 8 semi-submersible drilling rig owned by Saipem.“The drilling operation will continue, and a comprehensive data collection program will be performed to determine the size and quality of the discovery. More information will be provided when this work has been completed,” Aker BP said.Aker BP is the operator and holds 60 percent interest in license 869. The partners are Lundin Norway (20 percent) and Vår Energi (20 percent).In a recent capital markets day presentation, AKER BP said it planned a high-potential 2019 exploration program with 15 prospects to be drilled, targeting net unrisked prospective resources of 500 million barrels of oil equivalents (mmboe). The company has set aside $500 million for exploration in 2019, which is an increase compared to $359 million in 2018.last_img read more

Ambrose Singer – Brookville

first_imgFriends may visit with the family on Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Services, officiated by Father Sean Danda will be at the funeral home on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery. Ambrose W. Singer, of Brookville, was born on February 28, 1928 at home in Fayette County, the son of Otto J. and Alice Telker Singer. He married Carol C. Dorrel on November 5, 1949 at St. Michael Church and together they raised three children and spent over 60 wonderful years working the farm. Ambrose was a self-employed trucker and retired as a foreman from Sperry Rubber. He enjoyed raising cattle and was a member of the FC Cattleman’s Association. Ambrose was also a member of St. Michael Church. Ambrose had played basketball at Springfield High School and he maintained his love for the sport as a fan of college ball. His other hobbies included motorsports, working jigsaw puzzles and watching the Reds. On Monday, January 22, 2018 at the age of 89, Ambrose passed away at his residence. Those surviving who will cherish Ambrose’s memory include his children, Becky (Brian) Suding, Michael (Beverly) Singer, and Mark (Diane) Singer, all of Brookville; grandchildren, Jeremy Singer, Bradley Suding, Jessica Rosenberger, Blake Singer, Brooke Greenwood, Travis Singer, Bill Suding, and Matthew Singer; 21 great-grandchildren; 1 great, great-grandchild; one sister, Jean Kuehn; a brother-in-law, Raymond Dorrel, and a sister-in-law, Lucy Dorrel. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carol, on March 22, 2012.center_img Memorial donations can be directed to St. Michael Church, Whitcomb United Methodist Church, the Franklin County Humane Society or to a charity of choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ambrose Singer.last_img read more

Ighalo scores in Man U friendly

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, returned with a bang as Manchester United stars battled to a four-all scoreline in a friendly at Old Trafford.The on-loan forward hit the back of the net along with Marcus Rashford, who got a brace for Team Paul Pogba against Bruno Fernandes led side. United supporters have been wondering the outcome of the squad’s intra-squad friendly at the weekend and thanks to Luke Shaw they now know.Ahead of the Premier League’s restart this month, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped up preparations by holding a friendly between his stars.Despite the action shots taken by photographers at the Theatre of Dreams, fans were left wondering what the actual score was.However, Shaw has revealed all – stating that the match ended 4-4 with the left back an unlikely scorer of two goals himself.“There have been a lot of different things circulating on social media and I’m happy to set the record straight: it did end 4-4 and I did score twice!” he told the club’s official website on Wednesday. “Also on my team, Bruno [Fernandes] got one and Jamo [Daniel James] got one, while, on the other team, Rashy [Marcus Rashford] got two and so did Odion [Ighalo].“To be fair, my first goal was decent. It was from a great cross by Bruno and my volley went straight in. I was happy with it. My other one was just getting forward, Juan [Mata] played it to me on the edge of the box, I took a touch and shot in.“It was quite an open game, as you can probably gather, with a lot of space, since it was the first game back.”Shaw, who was playing in the club’s away gold strip during that friendly also, welcomed the intra-squad match as it aided he and his teammates preparations for the Premier League restart.The Red Devils resume their season at top-four rivals Tottenham on June 19. “The important thing is that it’s another step forward. It’s getting more and more exciting now and we just want to get playing games,” he continued.“We’ve got a couple of in-house games at the training ground scheduled over the next few days, which will help us step things up even further before the big game next week against Spurs.”United sit fifth in the Premier League on 45 points – three behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for the final Champions League qualification spot.Tags: Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOdion IghaloPaul Pogbalast_img read more

Title pressure won’t slow Liverpool

first_img “It highlights the confidence within the team and to do so in such a big arena (last weekend) was great. “There is no fear with young players and it is my job to remove any fear out of the game and let them go and play to a tactical plan and go and express themselves. “People of my generation and before that have known Liverpool as a world-renowned football club and I think it is great for football – not just in this country but worldwide – we are challenging for trophies. “This is one of the most iconic football clubs in the world and it is my job, along with the staff here, to push it up into those echelons of the game where it belongs.” While Liverpool’s win at Old Trafford resonated around the Premier League and beyond Rodgers insists he and his players are not getting ahead of themselves. He feels that is the best way to deal with the challenge of staying in the race for top spot. “We had a wonderful result and performance at Old Trafford but there hasn’t been any talk about winning the title,” added the Reds boss. “We are relaxed but focused. We don’t forecast or predict results in any games. “It can become pressure when you look too far ahead, we are looking to Cardiff (on Saturday) – that has been our world this week. “The pressure will be for other clubs but when you play for Liverpool there is pressure every game.” Rodgers’ mantra for the last couple of months is to focus on the immediate future and not get distracted by what may lie ahead, despite optimism being at an all-time high in the last few years. “We will speak about the run-in when it has finished at the end of the season,” said the Northern Irishman. “For me it has always been about the next game, and that might sound boring but it is the reality of where we are at. “There is no point worrying about Sunderland next Wednesday if we’ve got a massive game on Saturday at 3pm. “It is fairly straightforward. I think it is great for the supporters to dream and I think they have great pride in what they are seeing. “We have had a very good season, are second in the league, and our level of play is improving all the time but we haven’t done anything yet.” The Reds are on a 10-match unbeaten streak in the league in which they have taken 26 points from a possible 30 and amassed a goal difference of +20 for that period. They are the Premier League’s top scorers with 76 goals and in Luis Suarez (25) and Daniel Sturridge (18) they possess the two leading strikers. Their aggressive intent was evident in last weekend’s 3-0 win at Old Trafford which closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points with a match in hand. Momentum is behind the team and Rodgers stressed just because they were in contention for their first title in 24 years it would not have an affect on the way they played. “For us there is no change. There is no pressure. The expectancy here is to win every game,” he said. “I’ve always said the second half of the season suits us because of the nature of how we play. “We have a game based on dominance of the ball and dangerous possession and that has only increased in the second half of the season and it certainly won’t decrease. “There are not too many arenas bigger in the world than Old Trafford and last weekend it was Manchester United’s ground, it was mostly Manchester United’s supporters but it was our ball and our game and we controlled the game. “We are one of the world’s biggest clubs so when we play we play with dominance. “It is an ongoing part of our methodology. Our work without the ball to press and suffocate our opponents and with the ball to show charisma and arrogance. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the pressure of the title race will not diminish his side’s ability to attack and dominate opponents. Press Associationlast_img read more